Reality

Author : Jules Jensen I stopped and sighed, and then crossed my arms. This wasn’t a normal game animation, but there was no one out this far, so I didn't have to pretend. A field of short grass met up with a lake. It was peaceful. And it was hot. I hated the heat, but so ...

The Cow

Author : Charles Paul Wallace Ashura contorted her body, thrust her arm through the jagged rip in the ship's inner hull and aimed the flash-driver at the stuck bolt. Which, as ever, refused to turn. She slumped back down to the shrapnel-strewn floor and considered her ...

The Waiting Mist

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer The rolling glens of Morglanwe sweep gracefully down, their bases hidden by the long grasses that gird them. From this side of the gently waving grass sweeps a scattering of low dunes that back the beach on which we stand. In the sunset, ...

Remember

Author : Liam Hogan “What do you remember?” It was what they asked. Teacher, Scientist, Mother. The same testing question, always. Heads bowed, we stared at our desks. We didn’t understand why, but we knew the question was dangerous. “I... I remember...” a voice crept ...

Sun Piercer

Author : Philip Gustavus Hostetler It wasn't enough that we could destroy the world with ICBMs. Underground bunkers utilizing solar, wind and tidal power. Seed banks, stem cell grown proteins, aquaponics. It all makes life very liveable in the human, civilized ...

Teaching a Frog Calculus

Author : Matthieu C. R. Cartron It was after several hours, and, several brief outbursts, that Henry came to a most significant conclusion: A frog simply cannot learn calculus. Henry was a very smart nine-year-old. So smart, in fact, that he was already taking college ...

My Whole Heart

Author : John Gerard Fagan The air inside smelled of bonfires. He shivered and fastened the boy’s jacket to the top. “Try and sleep,” Claud said. Broo replied with silence, staring at boots that were too big for his feet. They huddled together on the ship’s metallic floor ...

Faint Blue Ornament

Author : C. James Darrow From ninety six million miles away Earth looks like a faint blue ornament hanging off something unseen. Every ounce of life our solar system cradles and keeps warm is on that pale speck and from this distance it all seems so insignificant. Soon ...

We That Are Left

Author : Alex Smith Six of them stood around the grave, silent. It was the first time they had lost a soldier. For a long while, nobody moved. The air was still, disturbed only by the whirs and clicks of their implants, and the gentle humming of respirators. Eventually, ...

Help! I’ve Got a Human!

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer (We hope you’ve linked after following our Intergalactic Most Requested: Should I Be Keeping a Human? infoburst. If not, link it before continuing.) IMPORTANT: if you bought your human for a sub-adult of your race, please void the ...

Tether

Author : Russell Bert Waters She slept as he observed her for the final time. The moonlight brushed the canvas of her skin with a paint that revealed her natural beauty. He yearned to wake her, to spill his regrets out in one long glut. He would not do this, of ...

A Piece Of Cake

Author : David Henson Ellen watches as the machine, bigger than Harold, starts vibrating, its red and blue lights blinking slowly. Gradually the vibration becomes a loud grinding sound and the lights a purple blur. When everything stops, Harold swings open the large door, ...

Analyze

Author : Jules Jensen The world is dangerous. “Yes, I know this.” No, you don’t. People will kill you for water, for food, for anything you have that is even slightly better than what they have. They don’t care about your past, your present, your future. They don’t ...

Inside

Author : Leanne A. Styles The Guardian: I watch with sadness as Anna tugs her brush through her damp hair, yanking unsympathetically when she hits a tangle. She never used to be so angry and uncaring. She was fun and full of joy ‒ infectiously so. For twenty-five ...

The Vision People

Author : Philip Berry Carl insisted that he travel alone. The invitation was sent to him, the wording made it clear that they were interested in his ideas, and the fact that he was only fifteen made no difference. His ideas were mature, that was all that ...

A Different Point of View

Author : David Atos You look like a worm to me. No, please, don’t be offended. That’s the best way I can describe it to you. To your poor mind, trapped only able to see three dimensions, while you zip along on a fourth. Four simple dimensions, it’s so limiting. A ...

Dragonflies

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer “Abomination!” “You’re very rude.” I rotate my right forearm through a rapid one-eighty. There is a ‘snap’. “And dead.” Bamid rises from cover: “Weren’t you supposed to capture him?” I smile: “He was a veteran of Tobruk. His feedback-scarred ...

Overtime

Author : Elora Powell Just an ordinary day. Woke up. Had breakfast. Went to work. Came home and made coffee. Sat down in front of the TV. Some old movie was on. Black and white. About a mad scientist and his wife. “Lance! You have to stop the experiment. He’s been in ...

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